Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Porridge is warm, creamy comfort food for breakfast. Sweet apples, quinoa, plump raisins, cinnamon, and maple syrup simmer on the stove or in your Instant Pot for a hot meal in about half an hour. Quinoa is a complete protein, so this is a great way to start your day!
This vegan recipe begins with uncooked quinoa, so everything goes into the pot at once. You don't need to have already cooked the quinoa. Let it all simmer together as you get ready to start your day.
Quinoa Porridge Ingredients
- Quinoa - Quinoa is a gluten free pseudograin, or seed. Rinse it before cooking to remove bitter-tasting saponins.
- DF Milk - I find that almond milk, cashew milk, or a blend of the two work nicely in this cereal. Try it with whatever milk you have on hand, and let me know how it goes.
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
Stir everything together until it comes to a boil.
Turn down the heat, so the mixture is just barely at a simmer. Let it sit there, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.
Turn off the heat. Put on the lid, and let is sit for another 15 minutes or so. Enjoy it warm.
Instant Pot Directions
You can make your Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Porridge in your Instant Pot. It will still take about 20 minutes or so, but the whole cooking process will be entirely hands free.
Put the rinsed quinoa and all of the other ingredients into the Instant Pot. You can do this the night before, since we're using dairy free milk. With the vent in the closed position, set the Instant Pot to cook on high pressure for one minute. Let the steam naturally release for at least 15 minutes. Carefully open the vent, remove the lid, give your cereal a stir, and enjoy it while it's warm and creamy.
Quinoa is a good source of protein with a cup of cooked quinoa containing over 8 grams. Importantly, this is a complete protein, meaning that it contains all of the amino acids that our bodies don't make on their own. It's also high in fibre and provides antioxidants, magnesium, iron, and folate.
Additionally, with no refined sugar - only a little pure maple syrup, a whole apple, raisins, and cinnamon, this is a very healthful breakfast.
Quinoa has more protein and is higher in vitamins and minerals than oats. They both have the same amount of fibre and fat. Quinoa is also higher in calories and carbs than oats, so it might come down to your personal nutritional goals. If you're looking for a vegan source of complete protein, then I think quinoa comes out the winner.
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Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Porridge
- ½ cup uncooked quinoa rinsed
- 1 apple cored, peeled, and chopped
- ¼ cup sultana raisins unsweetened
- 1½ cups almond/coconut dairy free milk or dairy free milk of your choice
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch sea salt
- Rinse the quinoa in a sieve by running cold water through it until the water runs clear.
- Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Stir the mixture as it comes to a boil.
- Turn down the heat, so the mixture is just barely at a simmer. Let it sit there, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.
- Turn off the heat. Let it sit, covered, for another 15 minutes. Serve warm.
- Rinsing quinoa before cooking removes bitter tasting saponins. Put the quinoa in a mesh sieve, and let water run through it until it runs out clear.
- It's fine to let your porridge sit, with the heat turned off, for longer than necessary. You'll enjoy it most while it's still warm, though.
- INSTANT POT DIRECTIONS: Put the rinsed quinoa and all of the other ingredients into the Instant Pot. You can do this the night before, since we're using dairy free milk. With the vent in the closed position, set the Instant Pot to cook on high pressure for one minute. Let the steam naturally release for at least 15 minutes. Carefully open the vent, remove the lid, give your cereal a stir, and enjoy it while it's warm and creamy.
- Refrigerate leftover quinoa porridge in a covered container for up to a few days.
- To reheat porridge, add just a thin layer of water to the bottom of a small saucepan over medium heat until it begins to steam. Add the quinoa porridge, cover it with a lid, turn down the heat, and let it sit on medium-low heat until heated through, stirring once or twice.